Hama UV filter

Using Lens Filters to Improve Your Photography

three filters every landscape photographer should always carry with them

Filter price – 29,99 Euro.

09. July 2011

Ok here we go, the long awaited update of pictures in bright sunny day, with UV filter and without UV filter , Straight out of camera (SOOC) , shoot in manual mode . The camera was handheld.

Conclusion : Even tho I have read that UV filter does NO difference , you can see that the first picture , the one with the filter , has a bit more contrast than the one without . Of course you can do this in post production, but I feel safer , knowing that my lens is protected from that extra glass. So up to you to judge if you are going to invest in a UV filter.

A UV/Haze filter removes atmospheric haze. Its main purpose, though, is to provide protection for the front element of your lens from dust, fingerprints and scratches.

In what situation do I use an UV filter?

UV and skylight filters are useful when you are taking pictures in the mountains or at sea or any other place where there is a lot of UV light. It will filter out the blue haze that normally blurres the background of your picture. It is also very useful when taking pictures in the snow, since snow is a very good UV reflector.

Ultraviolet (UV) Filters – Absorbs the ultraviolet rays which often makes outdoor photographs hazy and indistinct. Generally used for black & white photography.

A UV (or Protector or Skylight) filter should be left on your lens at all times. Not only does it protect your lens from scratches, it protects the threads on your lens when you attach additional filters.

My next filter will be definitely a polariser.

“6. Do I have to remove my UV filter when I want to use another filter, such as a polarizer?

It is not necessary to remove your UV filter when you’re going to use any other filter you may have, but it won’t do any harm. Some filters, like polarizers, do cause image degradation because of their construction. This degradation is usually more than the degradation already caused by the UV filter, so in those cases you do not really have to remove the UV filter.

On the other hand, you run the risk of light being ‘trapped’ between the two filters, thus causing lighter spots on your picture. When you’re using filters of very high optical quality, it’s always a good idea to remove all other filters. In general, the less filters on your lens, the better the quality of the image.

Another thing to remember: multiple filters on your lens may cause vignetting, especially when you’re using a wide-angle lens. So decide for yourself whether the saving of time by not removing your UV filter before mounting another is worth the trouble you may experience from all kinds of nasty effects on your pictures.” > here

See also this article, on what filters can do for you in landscape photography > How Using Strong ND Filters Can Create Awesome Results

Readers: Lens Filters: To Use or Not To Use? Your 2 cents, if you please!

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7 thoughts on “Hama UV filter

  1. Hi Anna,
    Just to let you know that you drew wrong conclusions from this test.. The fact that the camera chose to use a quicker exposure time has nothing to do with the filter.. and even if it did, it would only mean that the filter was messing up the camera meter (which probably didn’t happen).
    You had a better picture with the filter only by chance, because you were lucky enough that your camera made a slightly better judgement while deciding on the settings to use.
    If you want to make good tests and learn something from the results you need to use the manual mode of your camera and make sure that the settings are exactly the same between shots. better yet, if you have a tripod, you should use it so that you get very close shots so you can quickly swap between pictures to check the differences.. (also, you may want to keep the ISO down because it introduces random noise which will only make it more difficult to find the real differences in the pictures)
    Hope I didn’t bother you with my comment, I’m just trying to be helpful 🙂
    Cheers!
    Paulo

    1. Hi Paulo,
      oh well , I am still not that good for shooting in manual mode. As a matter of fact , I did this experinment twice. And twice the photo with filter turned sharper than the one without.

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